Striped Bass

Shape

Synonyms

Morone saxatilis

Edibility

n/a

Regulations

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  • Additional Notes
    Exception: striped bass legally harvested at Block Island, RI may be transported through this area.

  • Additional Notes
    Harvest prohibited in federal waters.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 35 in Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Head and tail must remain intact while on or leaving state waters or shores except may possess up to 2 fillets with skin intact if (1) also possess fish rack >28 inches total length with head/tail intact that fillets came from, or (2) fillets measure greater than 28 inches total length.
    Gaffing is prohibited.
    Culling is prohibited.
    No sale of striped bass allowed, regardless of origin.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 35 in Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Recreational harvest is permitted year round.
    Striped bass may only be taken by angling (spearing is prohibited) and the use of a gaff in the taking of striped bass is prohibited. However, striped bass legally taken by spearing in another state may be landed in Connecticut.
    No person shall land or possess on the waters of this state or on any parcel of land, structure, or portion of a roadway abutting tidal waters of this state any striped bass from which the head or tail has been removed or which has otherwise been rendered unidentifiable as a striped bass or unable to be measured.

    To learn more about the Bonus Striped Bass Fishing Program, please see Bonus Striped Bass Program.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 35 in Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only, no gaffing of striped bass. No bait allowed when using treble hooks. It is unlawful to use multiple (more than two) barbed or barbless treble hooks on any artificial lure or fly while fishing for striped bass in territorial waters. It is unlawful to use any hook other than a non-offset circle hook when using bait. Exception: Rubber or latex tube lures may be used without a circle hook as long as they are a minimum of 8 inches long and have a single hook protruding from the end portion of the tubing where bait may be attached. Note: there are special regulations in effect in the Kennebec, Sheepscot and Androscoggin Rivers and all related tributaries (see 2019 Maine Striped Bass Regulations).

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 38 in Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • License Required
    All saltwater anglers must register with the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program. To register, visit http://www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov

  • Additional Notes
    Atlantic Ocean NJ state waters: no closed season Delaware River and tributaries - Calhoun St Bridge to Salem River and tributaries: open season Mar 1 - Mar 31 and Jun 1 - Dec 31. All other NJ marine waters: open Mar 1 - Dec 31. Atlantic Ocean Federal Waters (>3 miles from shore): closed The 2020 Striped Bass Bonus Program will reopen on May 15, 2020. Permits issued for 2019 are not valid in 2020. Effective May 15, 2020, the Striped Bass Bonus Program regulations are as follows: One fish per permit 24" to less than 28" May 15, 2020 - December 31, 2020 For more information, see NJ Striped Bass Bonus Program

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 35 in Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Catch and release only on spawning grounds April 1 - May 31. The spawning season for striped bass in Delaware begins at 12:01 a.m. on April 1 and continues through midnight on May 31. It is unlawful for any person to take and retain any striped bass during the spawning season from the Nanticoke River or its tributaries, the Delaware River and its tributaries to the north of a line extending due east beginning at and including the south jetty at the mouth of the C & D Canal, or the C & D Canal or its tributaries. Catch and release only during this season; no harvest is allowed. In DE River, DE Bay and their tributaries only 20 inch to 25 inch striped bass may be retained from July 1 - August 31. Harvest of Striped Bass from Federal Waters is prohibited.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 35 in Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    No closed season. It is unlawful for any fisherman to gaff or attempt to gaff striped bass measuring less than 28 inches total length, and for a commercial fisherman fishing on an open commercial striped bass fishing day to gaff striped bass measuring less than 34 inches total length. Striped bass must be kept whole, meaning the head, tail, and body remain intact. Only evisceration is allowed. Permitted for-hire vessels may fillet striped bass for their customers. Striped Bass are measured from the tip of the snout or jaw (mouth closed) to the furthest extremity of the tail. The discard of dead legal sized striped bass is unlawful. The practice of high-grading, whereby legal sized striped bass are released in favor of larger fish caught subsequently is unlawful. Striped bass must be kept whole, meaning the head, tail, and body remain intact. In 2020, recreational anglers not fishing aboard for-hire vessels will be required to use inline circle hooks when fishing for striped bass with whole or cut natural baits. This will include fishing with whole or cut natural baits while in possession of striped bass as well. This circle hook mandate will not apply to natural baits attached to an artificial lure to be trolled, jigged, or casted and retrieved (e.g., tube and worm). Nor will the mandate apply to any natural bait affixed to a treble hook and fished using the snag and drop technique. A hook is considered to be an in-line circle hook only if it is manufactured so the barb of the hook is in-line with the shank and bend of the hook and is turned perpendicularly back to the shank to form a circular or oval shape.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 36 in Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from April 1st, 2020 to May 15th, 2020
    from April 1st, 2021 to May 15th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    Regulations provided here are for the Virginia Coastal Season. Coastal Regulations apply in Virginia's coastal ocean waters inside the Three Mile Limit Line, plus all of the creeks, bays, inlets and tributaries on the seaside of Accomack County, Northampton County (including areas east of the causeway from Fisherman Island to the mainland) and the City of Virginia Beach (including federal areas and state parks, fronting on the Atlantic Ocean and east and south of the point where the shoreward boundary of the Territorial Sea joins the mainland at Cape Henry). ------------------------------------------------ Chesapeake Area Regulations apply in the main stem of the Chesapeake Bay and its Virginia tributaries. Chesapeake Area Season (Spring) Open Season = May 16 to June 15, 2020 Possession Limit = 1 per person Minimum Size Limit =20 inches total length Maximum Size Limit = 28 inches total length Chesapeake Area Season (Fall) Open Season = Oct 4 to Dec 31, 2020 Possession Limit = 1 per person Minimum Size Limit = 20 inches total length Maximum Size Limit* = 36 inches total length For additional information and other areas, please see Virginia's Striped Bass Card 2020.
    Gaffing striped bass or attempting to gaff striped bass is illegal in Virginia marine waters.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 35 in Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from December 16th, 2020 to April 14th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    These regulations are for marine waters (south of George Washington Bridge). In the Hudson River north of George Washington Bridge Open Season is April 1 - November 30; minimum size is 18-28 inches (not less than 18-inches or greater than 28-inches). Bag limit = 1 striped bass per person.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Only 2 striped bass are allowed within MRD Jurisdiction. See outdooralabama.com for more details.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Measurements Min Size: 26 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from June 1st, 2020 to September 30th, 2020
    from June 1st, 2021 to September 30th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    May only be taken by rod and reel.
    In the lower reach of the Savannah River:
    bag limit = 2 striped bass, striped bass hybrids, white bass, or any combination of these species per person per day.
    minimum size = 27 inches total length.
    closed season does not apply.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    No closed season.
    Minimum size only applies north of Point Conception. South of Point Conception there is no minimum size.
    No striped bass may be taken while using a sinker weighing over four pounds, or while using any power-driven curdy or winch.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    **Note regulations here are for Atlantic Ocean. Striped Bass in Atlantic Ocean are open year-round. Landing Tags required May through October.
    Regulations for other areas can be found on the NCDENR Striped Bass Information page.
    Moratorium in Cape Fear River system - no possession allowed.
    Unlawful to possess Striped Bass in federal waters.
    These regulations include striped bass, hybrid bass and combinations.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 22 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Minimum size is 27 inches total length in Savanah River and its tributaries.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 35 in Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Open year round. All striped bass 34 inches or larger harvested recreationally must have the entire right pectoral fin removed at the time of harvest. For more information, see RI Marine Fisheries Regulations: Striped Bass.

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only.
    Bag limit includes striped bass, its hybrids and subspecies.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 35 in Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • License Required
    If you catch a tagged fish, please follow the instructions printed on the tag, or call Fishing & Boating Services at 800-688-3467. Please record the tag number, capture date, fishing location, and total length.

  • Additional Notes
    Regulations shown are for Atlantic Ocean, Coastal Bays, and their tributaries Recreational anglers may keep one striped bass per person per day. The striped bass must be a minimum of 28 inches and may not exceed 35 inches in length.

    IMPORTANT!: For Chesapeake Bay & Tidal Tributaries regulations, YOU MUST SEE Maryland Striped Bass Map.

    Striped bass may not be caught, harassed or possessed in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which stretches from 3 to 200 miles off the coast.

  • Closed Seasons from December 1st, 2019 to June 30th, 2020
    from December 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    CATCH & RELEASE SEASON WITH SPECIAL GEAR RESTRICTIONS: From May 1 through June 30, inclusive, fishing in this area is restricted to single hooked artificial lures only (hook my be a single treble hook). Use of or possession of marine bait, dead or alive, is prohibited. OPEN SEASON July 1 through November 30, inclusive. CLOSED SEASON Striped bass fishing is prohibited in the Kennebec, Sheepscot, and Androscoggin Rivers and all related bays and tributaries from December 1 through April 30, inclusive.

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